I have recently been diagnosed with PRV and have had 1 venesection in the past 4 months. I met my new consultant yesterday, who was about to give me a prescription for Hydrea, which he says is the first line of attack for PV sufferers of my age (I'm 69). Apparently, older people have a higher risk of stroke, DVT etc. I am concerned about side effects, in particular leg ulcers and have asked for 3 more venesections , to see what results they bring, before I decide. Could anyone tell me what side-effects they have had from this medication? It does seem to be effective for older sufferers, but...........
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